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Re: Cape Town Great Whites

Postby mas-martin » Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:44 pm

I have been there 4 times, and have seen, sharks, dolphins, seals, Pinguins and whales..
But never been nervous.. Just quick to get back on the board :)

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Re: Cape Town Great Whites

Postby Eurus » Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:48 am

That's the same great white that frequents that area every couple of years. It's a large female. The Discovery Channel profiled her on Shark Week a couple of years back and they tagged her and found she rotates to that spot every 2 years.

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Re: Cape Town Great Whites

Postby TheRussian » Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:20 am

Reminds me of Elands Bay - just before I launched on the beach I saw the carcass of a large seal that had been bitten in half with teeth marks making it look like a bite from an apple !

Enter the ocean - become part of the food chain.

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Re: Cape Town Great Whites

Postby Toby » Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:28 am

There are maps where you can see where the tagged sharks are...google it

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Re: Cape Town Great Whites

Postby Hugh2 » Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:56 pm

Unfortunately, at least at this website - http://www.ocearch.org/ - the last time they were tracking sharks around this coast appears to have been in 2013. Checking through some of those it is reassuring that almost all of them stick to the warmer Indian Ocean side of the country, but there are exceptions! This shark could be Maureen, who has frequented the Atlantic side a bit.

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Re: Cape Town Great Whites

Postby psz211 » Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:42 pm

I've done a lot of research on Great White Sharks in the San Francisco Bay Area, it's similar to cape town, you might find it interesting.
Yes, I admit it, I am afraid of sharks.
https://www.iamnotaconsumer.com/post/we ... ncisco-bay
Where you are:

The SF Bay is very safe, there has never been a fatal shark attack inside the SF Bay. Also salinity and pollution keeps Great White Sharks away. Less than 1% of Great White Shark detections in one study were found to have been within the Bay.


What time of day it is:

Avoid overcast days and night time. Don't splash, Great White Sharks first use auditory senses, they then use sight as they get closer to prey within ~150ft, they will test bite you if they can't get a sense of you.


What time of year it is:

March to Early August is OK, Great White Sharks have migrated away from SF (unsure what migration pattern is for Cape Town)

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Re: Cape Town Great Whites

Postby andylc » Sun Mar 28, 2021 10:04 pm

Great White sharks have disappeared from the sea around Cape Town in the last few years - nobody knows why. Not great for the shark diving industry but you’ve not much to worry about surfing...

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Re: Cape Town Great Whites

Postby TheRussian » Sun Mar 28, 2021 10:33 pm

andylc wrote: Great White sharks have disappeared from the sea around Cape Town in the last few years - nobody knows why. Not great for the shark diving industry but you’ve not much to worry about surfing...
You have to love a killer whale !

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... -cape-town

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Re: Cape Town Great Whites

Postby longwhitecloud » Mon Mar 29, 2021 12:45 am

App: dorsal watch is one of them

I am not sure if it a good path to go down.

Nets and drum lines work.

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Re: Cape Town Great Whites

Postby wrogu » Mon Mar 29, 2021 5:22 am

There are sharks in CPT, but they are not frequent in the colder waters area. What might look like a shark is a sunfish, which is found in the kiting zone much more often.


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